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Stevie Nicks's 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault

The too-expensive deluxe version, which this isn’t, adds two of the most righteous songs, including one about a rendezvous with God; neither version omits the weakest cut, “Cathouse Blues,” an arched cat back before the ...

America, meet your new heartthrob

Aussie artist Vance Joy wows 'em with simple sounds

When Taylor Swift announced she was taking Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy on her 2015 World Tour, I was surprised. His hit “Riptide” is catchy and charming, but the acoustic vibe of his debut album doesn’t ...

First Look: North Park gets a second craft donut destination

Korean-style fried chicken also, curiously, on the menu

With the soft opening of another donut (or in this case doughnut) shop, North Park seems to be the city's new breakfast pastry destination. StreetCar Merchants becomes the second such spot to open on 30th ...

Zagreb under the radar

Don't miss the Croatian capital on your next stop in Eastern Europe.

Overshadowed by beach destinations of the south, Zagreb, Croatia’s inland capital, should not be missed. Like several other European capitals, Zagreb is a blend of nature, culture and the characteristic pace of Europeans. What sets ...

50 beers of the year

San Diego brews that left a lasting impression over the past 12 months.

With more than 100 brewhouses in San Diego, hundreds of new beers are produced throughout the county each year. I have the good fortune of sampling a great many of them, and the following is ...

Those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish

December 19 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 16 Anglers, 1 Boat, 121 Rockfish, 20 Bocaccio, 19 Vermilion Rockfish, 2 California Yellowtail, 2 Pacific Bonito Fisherman's Landing 30 Anglers, 2 Boats, 44 Rockfish, 1 Sand Bass, ...

Her hands and arms were covered with bluish-brownish pesticide

School district switches lawyers

After more than two hours in closed session on Thursday, December 18, the San Ysidro School Board President, Antonio Martinez, announced “… by unanimous vote to authorize a substitution of counsel be filed in the ...

The fateful free cookie

Mission Gorge area to shed industrial zoning

Navajo Community Planners voted unanimously on December 15 to recommend denial of a conditional-use permit for Living Green, a medical marijuana cooperative currently operating in a 2844 square-foot, two-story building on the 4400 block of ...

Why, Y?

Baseball, soccer players squeezed by city

Recently the city of Encinitas took bold action to cancel a 10-year lease with the YMCA which provided the best and most useful park and playing fields in the city, and replaced it with a ...

UCSD to lose vice chancellor of rainmaking

Official lured big-dollar donor into giving $100 million for flashy stem cell center.

A high-dollar fundraiser for the so-called health sciences branch of UCSD is heading off to the City of Hope in Duarte to become chief rainmaker there. Kristin Jean Bertell, who was named associate vice chancellor ...

Casino to Jamul: Drop Dead

Hollywood’s golden era on Highway 94

Penn National Gaming, which operates 35 gambling centers across the country, and Jamul Indian Village announced the completion of a $36 million site excavation, the first phase in constructing a long-contested casino in East County. ...

Now Try This: Chi Chocolat's Cafe Mocha

Made with real chocolate! And some apple pie candy, to boot.

Until contrary information comes to light, the wildly energetic proprietor’s claim that Chi Chocolat’s mocha is “the only one in town with liquid couverture chocolate in it” will have to stand. And what a mocha! ...

County unemployment rate stays steady

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in November, unchanged from October. In November of 2013, the rate was 7 percent. Between October and November of this year, the county gained 13,500 jobs. ...

"I’m going to bury your little railroad."

Why one sign could cost $10,000

At a recent City Council Meeting, Councilman Spriggs asked that three items be pulled from the consent agenda. Normally consent agenda items are voted on Aye or Nay with no discussion. The items that were ...

Catch and release

Inside the Zona Norte holding cells

I live in a conflict area in Tijuana. It was bound to happen. I have been detained and frisked numerous times by the police in downtown TJ. Some of my friends have been arrested over ...

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